Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Hubby Jenkins took his passion for old-time music to the streets and subways of the city as a busker. Through research into his Southern roots, he discovered and learned to play early country, blues, jazz, ragtime and African-American string music on acoustic guitar, banjo and other instruments. He found compatriots in his mission to revive this music when he joined the Grammy-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops in 2011.
Tonight at the Penthouse at the Standard Hotel, East Village, Hubby Jenkins shared his deep love and vast knowledge of old-time American music through performance and dialogue. In spoken word and song, he followed the thread of African American history that wove itself through music in the 1920s and 1930s. Singing with eyes closed, masterfully finger-picking an acoustic guitar or banjo, Jenkins' passion gave flame to his authentic and soulful interpretations of traditional American music. He was joined by several musician friends, including Carolina Chocolate Drops cellist Malcolm Parson. After an hour, the audience left having heard seldom-heard roots music and having learned much about how music figured in the lives of African Americans nearly a century ago.
Visit Hubby Jenkins at www.hubbyjenkins.com.